This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Garda. To help you make friends with Garda before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Garda is a stunning tourist town located on Lake Garda surrounded by mountains. It is located about halfway between Milan and Venice, and close to the city Brescia, in the northern part of Italy. There are a few Garda hostels (most are located in the centre of town). The hostels in Garda are quite upscale, offering balconies with views of the mountains or lake, fine dining, and areas where you can barbecue.
If you're traveling by public transportation, the buses are easy, cheap, and fairly frequent. There are direct routes to Garda from Verona as well, and you may combine train and bus to arrive from other destinations. Also, many of the hostels in Lake Garda have parking options if you are driving.
Many people visit Lake Garda for the beautiful views of the mountains and lake, and the lovely beaches. Garda is also a cute town with lovely boutiques to visit for a bit of shopping. Many visitors also come for the adventure sports -- there are many choices, including hiking, fishing, kitesurfing, sailing, boating, windsurfing, paragliding, rock climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking! The lake is so beautiful -- if you get a chance, be sure to explore it by boat. There are many castles and Roman ruins that can be visited by boat or public ferry, including the ruins at Area archeologica delle Grotte di Catullo, and the unique Castle Sirmione Castle. Lake Garda also holds many festivals, be sure to look into what's offered when booking your dates! Lake Garda is truly an exciting place to visit. Be sure to book your Garda hostel early, as there are limited options during the busy summer season!
Written by local enthusiast for Garda hostelsShannon Neuber